Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Porch

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The front porch is the welcome center of your home, a preview of what’s to come when stepping inside.  No matter how small or expansive your porch is, you can give it style and character and leave a lasting impression on all who stop by.  Whether you want it to be a place to relax and spend time or simply make a statement, here are a few design tips to create a front porch you can be proud of!

First Things First – Choose the Right Furniture

Choosing the right furniture for your front porch is the first step to setting the stage for its intended purpose.  Do you want to be able to spend time relaxing there?  Is it too small for furniture but you have a lawn that precedes the front door?  Is it long and narrow?  Is there enough room for a comfortable swing?  These are all questions you should consider the answers to before deciding on the furniture.

Comfort is key if you picture yourself relaxing on your front porch at the end of a long day.  In this case we suggest choosing thick cusions for the furniture or chairs that rock or glide.

Not enough space for chairs on your porch?  Consider creating a mini-seating area on the front lawn, just off to the side of the entryway.  This could be a simple as two chairs angled towards each other to invite conversation.

Create a Unified Look

If you have furniture pieces that are the perfect size for your front porch but don’t match, consider a coat of exterior spray paint.  This is one of the easiest ways to unify the look and bring in color to a space!  For example, maybe you have a white wicker swing, a table with a green base, and two wooden rocking chairs.  With a little spray paint (the kind meant for each element you are applying it to), you can transform them into perfectly unified pieces!

Let There be Light

Your front porch can be welcoming both during the day and night.  With decorative but functional outdoor lighting, you can keep the conversation going long after dark – and in style!  Consider using an outdoor chandelier that will not only provide the right amount of light but in itself can show off your decorating style.  No room for a chandelier?  Try having matching outdoor sconces on either side of the front door in addition to the overhead light.

Other Design Tips

-Paint the front door a color that coordinates with the furniture you’ve chosen

-Don’t leave the floor bare, the use of an exterior area rug can complete the look of the conversation area

-Use hanging flower baskets in a cone shape to line a long front porch

-Go beyond the porch itself and make sure your curb appeal is inviting and weed free

-Line the pathway leading to the front porch with flowers or greenery

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Contact Lori Dickert for any and all of your home decor questions, as I am always happy to help! You can also connect with me on my Home Staging & Redesign Facebook Page for daily tips about home ownership, home maintenance, decorating, preparing a home for sale, and much more!

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